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Real Hope Is About Doing Something

Faces along the bar cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out, the music must always play,
All the conventions conspire to make this fort assume the furniture of home;
Lest we should see where we are, lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night who have never been happy or good. - W. H. Auden

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Stop These Wars Or We'll Fill Your Jails

Chris Hedges, TruthDig

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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On Dec. 16 I will join Daniel Ellsberg, Medea Benjamin, Ray McGovern and several military veteran activists outside the White House to protest the futile and endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of us will, after our rally in Lafayette Park, attempt to chain ourselves to the fence outside the White House. It is a pretty good bet we will all spend a night in jail. Hope, from now on, will look like this.

Hope is not trusting in the ultimate goodness of Barack Obama, who, like Herod of old, sold out his people. It is not having a positive attitude or pretending that happy thoughts and false optimism will make the world better. Hope is not about chanting packaged campaign slogans or trusting in the better nature of the Democratic Party. Hope does not mean that our protests will suddenly awaken the dead consciences, the atrophied souls, of the plutocrats running Halliburton, Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil or the government.

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Stop These Wars Or We'll Fill Your Jails, David Swanson <http://www.opednews.com/author/author9.html>, OpEdNews.com<http://www.opednews.com>
You may not die for the Pentagon, but if you do not it will be your children or grandchildren. Would you rather go to jail for a few hours with a bunch of friends or see your grandchildren killed?
Veterans for Peace (VFP) to Take a Stand for Peace at the White House Dec 16
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North Korean soldier at border wishes for peace

"I know that there were casualties on the South side," Lieutenant Choe Song Il told an APTN crew from Pyongyang he had been assigned to escort to the Demilitarized Zone. "I hope that such military conflict between North and South should never happen again."

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Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press/Las Vegas Review-Journal | NV

A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter attack aircraft lands on the deck of the USS George Washington, during a joint military exercise off South Korea's West Sea, in South Korea's West Sea on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010. A supercarrier sent jets into overcast skies Tuesday in U.S.-South Korean military drills that North Korea warned could spark war, but signs of diplomacy emerged alongside the tensions over last week's deadly North Korean attack. (AP Photo - Wally Santana)

As the U.S. and South Korea ended war maneuvers following North Korea's deadly bombardment of a front-line island Wednesday (Nov 24), a North Korean soldier at the heavily armed border said he hoped for peace.

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The soldier, interviewed in the Panmunjom village inside the Demilitarized Zone, told the television news agency APTN that he was aware of the attack on the South Korean island and hoped tensions between the two sides would be eased "as soon as possible, in a peaceful way."

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"I know that there were casualties on the South side," Lieutenant Choe Song Il told an APTN crew from Pyongyang he had been assigned to escort to the Demilitarized Zone. "I hope that such military conflict between North and South should never happen again."

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Stop These Wars Or We'll Fill Your Jails

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  • You may not die for the Pentagon, but if you do not it will be your children or grandchildren. Would you rather go to jail for a few hours with a bunch of friends or see your grandchildren killed?
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  • Veterans for Peace (VFP) to Take a Stand for Peace at the White House Dec 16
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David Swanson, OpEdNews.com

Here's an easy question: would you rather go to jail for a few hours with a bunch of friends or die?

Here's a poorly kept secret: the wars that a majority of Americans want ended are not ending, and the war machine that a majority of Americans want cut back is growing.

Here's a situation that is not secret at all but too horrifying for us to acknowledge: if the war machine continues on its current course, we will not survive it economically, environmentally, or with any civil liberties or representative government intact. If we do not reach those catastrophes it will be because blowback or nuclear proliferation takes us out first.

Here's a well kept secret: many Americans are doing something about it, and Veterans for Peace is taking the lead. We're going to the White House on Thursday, December 16th to stop these wars!

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Veterans for Peace (VFP) to Take a Stand for Peace at the White House Dec 16, Tarak Kauff and Leah Bolger, Veterans For Peace

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  • On Dec. 16th, 2010, veterans and others will stage what will be the largest veteran-led civil resistance to U.S. wars in recent history. All of us in Veterans For Peace need to pull together to make sure those will not be empty words.
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  • Come to DC on December 16! VFP led action at the White House
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Their mission: rescue vets from the streets

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  • A nonprofit sends a crew out to feed, befriend and console soldiers and sometimes talk them into housing. The group also runs a crisis hotline and bushwhacks through bureaucratic jungles for weary vets.
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  • Go home' can be toughest order
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Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times | CA

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Chante Wolf

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Out near LAX, a dozen military veterans man a war room, strategizing day and night. Their mission is to bring other vets in off the ledge, to gather them up from the streets and shake the dust off them.

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With a budget of just half a million dollars a year, the team of "wild cowboys" is intent on saving lives, says the general of the nonprofit National Veterans Foundation -- an Alabama-raised, Lebanese Catholic Vietnam vet named Floyd "Shad" Meshad.

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Go home' can be toughest order, Kim Ode, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN
Almost 9,000 Minnesota female vets have served in the Middle East, dodging snipers alongside the men. Finding a place for them is tough - in both military and civilian life.

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